Don't Damn Me


Title: Don't Damn Me
On Album: Use Your Illusion I
Running Time: 5:17
Produced by: Mike Clink & Guns N' Roses

Engineered by: Mike Clink
Mixed by: Bill Price

Audio: N/A

Single
: No
Video
: No
Drums: Matt
Bass: Duff
Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
Rhythm Guitar: Izzy
Organ: Dizzy
Vocals: Axl


Written by: "Don't Damn Me" was written by Axl, Dave Lank and Slash. The lyrics were written by Axl, while the music was written by Slash. Dave Lank's contribution is unknown.
Written in
: "Don't Damn Me" was written in or before 1989.

Written about
: "Don't Damn Me" was an answer to those who disagreed with Axl.
Lyrics
Don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

Be it a song or casual conversation
To hold my tongue speaks
Of quiet reservations
Your words once heard
They can place you in a faction
My words may disturb
But at least there's a reaction

Sometimes I wanna kill
Sometimes I wanna die
Sometimes I wanna destroy
Sometimes I wanna cry
Sometimes I could get even
Sometimes I could give up
Sometimes I could give
Sometimes I never give a fuck

It's only for a while
I hope you understand
I never wanted this to happen
Didn't want to be a man
So I hid inside my world
I took what I could find
I cried when I was lonely
I fell down when I was blind

But don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

How can I ever satisfy you
And how can I ever make you see
That deep inside we're all somebody
An it don't matter who you wanna be
But now I gotta smile
I hope you comprehend
For this man can say it happened
Cause this child has been condemned
So I stepped into your world
I kicked you in the mind
An I'm the only witness
To the nature of my crime


But look at what we've done
To the innocent and young
Whoa listen to who's talking
'Cause we're not the only ones

The trash collected by the eyes
And dumped into the brain
Said it tears into our
Conscious thoughts
You tell me who's to blame

I know you don't wanna hear me cryin'
An I know you don't wanna hear me deny
That your satisfaction lies in your illusions
But your delusions are yours and not mine

We take for granted we know the whole story
We judge a book by its cover
And read what we want
Between selected lines

Don't hail me
An don't idolize the ink
Or I've failed in my intentions
Can you find the missing link
Your only validation is living your own life

Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time
So I send this song to the offended
I said what I meant and I've never pretended
As so many others do intending just to please
If I damned your point of view
Could you turn the other cheek

But don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me
Don't damn me
I said don't damn me
I said don't hail me
Don't damn me
Live Performances

"Don't Damn Me" was never played live by Guns N' Roses. The reason was that Axl thought it was enough to have the song on the album, and his reasons were somewhat similar as to why he doesn't want to sing "One In A Million". 

In Their Own Words
Slash: I love that song. That's one of those songs I introduced to the band that was already complete